Pak security officer was ICC~~s appointee: BCCI

Published: Thursday, November 9, 2006, 23:53 [IST]
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Mumbai:The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) today steered clear of Bob Woolmer slapping controversy, saying that it did not appoint Retd Colonel Anil Kaul as the liaison officer of the Pakistan team during the Champions Trophy.

BCCI said Kaul was not a liasion officer, but a security officer attached to the Pakistan team and appointed by the International Cricket Council.

''As the Tournament Director of the Champions Trophy, I want to clarify that BCCI did not appoint Anil Kaul as the Liaison Officer of the Pakistan Team as is being reported,'' BCCI administrative head Prof Ratnakar Shetty said in a release here.

''Kaul was appointed as the close protection officer of the Pakistan team by ICC security consultant Bob Nichols,'' Shetty added.

Kaul told news channels yesterday that Akhtar had slapped coach Woolmer following an argument over playing music in the team bus in Jaipur.

He also said that the speedster misbehaved with a woman at a discotheque and created a ruckus in the team hotel, banging the door of Indian coach Greg Chappell who reportedly complained to Woolmer about the incident.

Both Akhtar and Woolmer had denied Kaul's claims.


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